Israel/Palestine. In Diaspora. In Exile. Who
has the Right of Return? I have thought about this for decades. I have very,
very unconventional thoughts about both. Most of my Jewish and Christian friends
and family are shocked – gob smacked - to learn about them. Hence, I have been
reluctant to share them. Especially recently.
`56. Based on the many reports describing the policy and practices conducted in the former Yugoslavia, `ethnic cleansing' has been carried out by means of murder, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, extra-judicial executions, rape and sexual assaults, confinement of civilian population in ghetto areas, forcible removal, displacement and deportation of civilian population, deliberate military attacks or threats of attacks on civilians and civilian areas, and wanton destruction of property. Those practices constitute crimes against humanity and can be assimilated to specific war crimes. Furthermore, such acts could also fall within the meaning of the Genocide Convention.
Zionists (both Jewish AND Christian) justify ethnic
cleansing to address the "Existential Crisis" of the Jews. Or the
Rapturous Ecstasy of Salvation. Our existence, or salvation, is theoretically
only guaranteed by the existence of the State of Israel. The long Jewish existential
nightmare was, of course, set in collective minds of Jews around the world by the
Holocaust. Long before that, the Jewish Diaspora, following the destruction of
the 2nd Jewish temple in 70 CE, together with repeated experience - across generations - of antisemitism, pograms,
internal exile to The Pale – all a steady crescendo culminating in the
Holocaust. In Europe.
is roughly 15 miles north of Gaza – both snug up against the same Mediterranean
Sea and some mighty gorgeous beaches.
There we were provided with intensive Hebrew language lessons in an “Ulpan”
(studio) 6 hours a day, 6 hours a day. My two younger brothers (then 8 and 14)
went straight to Israeli public schools the day after we arrived. So, our life as Jews, Returning to the Land
of Israel, began. Having had no Jewish upbringing at all prior to arrival.
No more. Not in my name. Not. In. My. Name.